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Blessed & Honored: Ohio State Joins Pursuit For Ojabo, While Penn State Throws Out New 2019 Offers

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New 2019 offers in Carolina, Ohio State going after a top Penn State defensive end target, and more recruiting news in today’s B&H.

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OJABO LANDS OHIO STATE OFFER

Last year, it was Blairstown Academy defensive end Jayson Oweh who blew up. This year for Blairstown Academy, it’s David Ojabo who now can add an Ohio State offer to his list.

Ojabo’s a really intelligent kid, and coming from a non-football playing background, he’ll be pretty open to wherever. I could definitely see some of the stronger academic institutions like Duke, Virginia, Cal, and even some Ivy schools in the mix. But like Oweh, I think you’ll see mostly the same schools — Ohio State, Michigan, and of course, Penn State — really lead the way.

I continue to like where Penn State sits for Ojabo, but his recruitment is really just getting started. I mentioned this previously, but his parents still live in Scotland and he wants them to take some visits with him, so until that happens, talking a “leader” isn’t really worth anything.

NEW OFFERS IN CAROLINA

With the spring evaluation period in full swing, Penn State was busy in North and South Carolina on Tuesday as three under-the-radar 2019 offensive athletes claimed offers from the Nittany Lions:

  • Three-star WR Emery Simmons (Hope Mills, NC): Currently committed to Indiana. Solid size at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but his athletic numbers are what’s most impressive: 4.47-second 40 and 35.5-inch vertical show just how explosive he is.
  • Three-star APB/WR Kendrell Flowers (Irmo, SC): Committed to Wake Forest, but has landed offers from Tennessee and now Penn State since making the call for the Demon Deacons. Listed as an all-purpose back, but at 6-foot-0, he could potentially make the move to wideout.
  • UR ATH Jalon Calhoun (Greenville, SC): Okay, so he only claims offers from East Carolina, Kent State, and Air Force so I question the validity of the Penn State offer, but this kids film (see below) is fun as heck. He plays quarterback, but the first two minutes of his film is him just running around like a “Road to Glory” NCAA Football 2014 QB.

PENN STATE IN IT FOR ELITE QUARTERBACK

Top 100 California QB Jayden Daniels narrowed his list to eight schools, with the Nittany Lions making the cut. Joining Penn State is UCLA, USC, Utah, Cal, Georgia, Nebraska, and Texas A&M.

Penn State went into this recruiting season wanting to take two quarterbacks, but once Tommy Stevens announced that he would not be transferring, the need for two was no longer imperative. Still, Daniels — who’s favoring UCLA and USC — is too talented of a quarterback to just turn away. He’s yet to visit Happy Valley so we’ll see if an official visit is set up for the fall.